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Michael C Jan 27, 2010, 08:49am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jan 27, 2010, 11:13am EST

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I just got my 280PRO's and have noticed though the sound quality is great, it could be much better. Currently I have a Sound Blaster SE(24-bit, 96khz) powering it. I was reading around and they say getting a high quality sound card will improve the sound dramatically.

I have done some research and have come up with the Auzentech X-Fi Forte as my best option. It's cheaper than other cards, does 24-bit, 192khz output, has a built-in amp for headphones, can run 64ohm and higher AND has X-Fi built in. I hear a lot of these cards don't sound very good for games but since this one has X-Fi, it does. So it seems to be the best all-around card. I will also be using it to run my Z-5300s.

Does anyone know about this card?

http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cm...mp;cid=SDC


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Meats_Of_Evil Jan 27, 2010, 11:21am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Auzentech X-Fi Forte / 280 PRO advice
If I'm not mistaken Auzentech is the only company who has the rights to the latest EAX tech and generally from what I understand they're more like the elite version of the X-fi's, well I remember reading a lot of good stuff about them so yeah go for it if you can, now as to them sounding better than an X-fi I don't really know but I doubt it much, how can it sound better? You'll have to dig in an audophiles forums to get an answer.

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Liquid Shadow Jan 27, 2010, 11:22am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Auzentech X-Fi Forte advice
That looks like one fine card. I'm not familiar with the Forte, but I do know about the Auzentech Prelude when it first came out.

Have you looked at the Asus Xonar series?



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kOrny Jan 27, 2010, 11:25am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Auzentech X-Fi Forte / 280 PRO advice
yeah go for it. you'll definately notice a difference over your SB SE.

Michael C Jan 27, 2010, 11:34am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jan 27, 2010, 12:52pm EST

 
>> Re: Auzentech X-Fi Forte / 280 PRO advice
Liquid Shadow said:
That looks like one fine card. I'm not familiar with the Forte, but I do know about the Auzentech Prelude when it first came out.

Have you looked at the Asus Xonar series?


I have indeed looked a the Xonar series and have ruled them out due to bad drivers and not having built in headphone amps. The Forte is basically the Prelude but with an amp, so it is better. It seems this card is great all around, even though it's actually meant for headphones. I also had a look at the HT Striker and Halo series, but they were more expensive.

Michael C Jan 27, 2010, 02:16pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Auzentech X-Fi Forte / 280 PRO advice
Thanks for the advice guys, I pulled the trigger. Bought thats**t up. Though it wasn't cheap - it better do wonders.

kOrny Jan 27, 2010, 02:29pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Auzentech X-Fi Forte / 280 PRO advice
let us know how it goes. im also looking to buy a new sound card one of these days.

is that card only available in a low profile version?

Michael C Jan 27, 2010, 02:32pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jan 27, 2010, 02:42pm EST

 
>> Re: Auzentech X-Fi Forte / 280 PRO advice
Yes, I believe it is as that is all I could find.

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>> Re: Auzentech X-Fi Forte / 280 PRO advice
I've done the research about it a few months back, before I picked one up.

Technically the ASUS Xonar is supposed to sound a bit better but I still got the Forte because of X-Fi and all that jazz for games.

I think for the price/performance is just the best buy. It's loaded with features, has high quality audio components and etc.

I'd definitely recommend you gettin one. Just make sure you go through lots of configuration windows and set it all up.

I don't use my Pioneer HDJ-2000's with it that much but my Z-5500's hooked up to it via S/PDIF with card encoding everything to DTS, sounds just superb.


BTW all those people who say "forte is basically a prelude" you're all wrong.
First off, Forte uses the latest revision of the X-Fi processor, so the SPU is not the same. All of the board components are not the same. Even though you can only change the op-amp for stereo, unlike full 7.1 on prelude, the DAC is better, circuitry has been redesigned for lower noise. I mean, look at Soundmark tests. Forte is always better than the prelude in ALL categories. Ya I know it's easy to think of it as "cut down version of prelude" but you're looking a a totally physically different card that shares nothing with the Prelude.

Originally, I was gonna post a big-ass review on this card but then I just got hella lazy so I kinda didn't. Hehe

Anyways, if you guys have any questions about it, I'll try to answer them all to the best of my abilities. As you can tell I already like it a lot, so it might be biased but I try to base my opinions on stats/benchmarks and my own experience.

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LEntless Jan 27, 2010, 08:54pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Auzentech X-Fi Forte / 280 PRO advice
Looks like a good upgrade from my soundcard....but I need a new pc first! :)

Intel Q6600 @ 3.1 GHz | Gigabyte Radeon HD 6850 | 2GB OCZ DDR2 800 mhz | Seagate 320 GB | AuzenTech X-Fi Forte 7.1

Michael C Jan 28, 2010, 11:43am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Auzentech X-Fi Forte / 280 PRO advice
When I was looking up threads about this card on Google your old one came up Soviet, lol. I was going to ask you what you thought about it. Thanks for the info, I'll let you know if I have any questions about it.

Meats_Of_Evil Jan 28, 2010, 09:00pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Auzentech X-Fi Forte / 280 PRO advice
Hey Soviet I do have a question. Preferably for anyone who can answer. What will happen when I decide to buy a Blu-Ray drive for my PC. I don't think my X-fi Xtreme Music supports Any of the new DD-HD nor DTS-HD nor LCPM or other new HD crap. I think though that PowerDvd9 supports these new formats but do I need a compatible sound card or what?
Will it sound the same if its just software decoding these formats than rather a piece of hardware?

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Michael C Jan 29, 2010, 11:18pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Auzentech X-Fi Forte / 280 PRO advice
Soviet, I have some questions when you're around about this card. Let me know plz!


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